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Amazon Echo unboxing

Amazon Echo unboxing

After waiting more than four months since placing his order, David Gewirtz finally got his Echo. Want to see what comes in the box? Click on in.

May 18, 2015 by

RSA 2015 Expo: Best in Show

RSA 2015 Expo: Best in Show

The first day of RSA 2015's exhibitor show floor was packed with booths and oodles of creative, sometimes bizarre, gimmicks to attract attention. These stand out from the rest.

April 22, 2015 by

Windows Intune

Windows Intune

Microsoft's cloud-based systems management service makes life simple for SMEs. There's no need for additional infrastructure, and complex tools can be wrapped in a way that makes them accessible even for part-time IT professionals.

March 23, 2011 by

Microsoft Office Web Apps

Microsoft Office Web Apps

As an occasional extra for users of Microsoft's desktop Office 2010 suite, Office Web Apps is just about acceptable. However, it requires further development if it's to become a workable standalone solution.

September 8, 2010 by

Zoho Business

Zoho Business

A rapidly maturing cloud-based office suite, Zoho Business is a good choice for small organisations looking for an online alternative to Microsoft Office. However, there's still room for improvement.

September 8, 2010 by

Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services 3.0

Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services 3.0

Fast deployment, browser-based management and the ability to protect any internet-connected Windows PC are the key selling points of this revamped hosted security service. It's Windows only and has one or two rough edges, but compares well with other small-business solutions.

May 25, 2010 by

Zoho Writer 2.0

Zoho Writer 2.0

<p> These days, there's increasingly little reason to use a traditional locally installed office suite. <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/productivity/0,1000001108,39284890,00.htm">Google Docs</a> and <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/productivity/0,1000001108,39284434,00.htm">Zoho</a>, for example, are both free and well-featured web-based suites &mdash; and both can be used offline, thanks to <a href="http://gears.google.com/">Google Gears</a>. Zoho is the most comprehensive suite of web-based applications for small businesses, and its flagship <a href="http://writer.zoho.com/home?serviceurl=%2Findex.do">word processor</a> recently received a major interface overhaul in its 2.0 incarnation. </p>

April 1, 2009 by

Google Docs beta

Google Docs beta

Google Docs is a fantastic free online application that offers some exciting features. However, by virtue of being an online application, users with a slow connection will experience lag, and Docs still doesn't contain enough functionality to be a replacement for today's mainstay office suites in most businesses.

September 18, 2008 by

Zoho Show 2.0

Zoho Show 2.0

<p> Over the past couple of years, AdventNet has launched a range of online applications and utilities, nearly all with APIs, under the <a href="http://www.zoho.com/">Zoho</a> banner. The company is steadily improving its large range of online products, making them a intriguing alternative to <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/productivity/0,1000001108,39286797,00.htm">Google Apps</a> on the one hand and <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/productivity/0,1000001108,39285683,00.htm">Microsoft Office</a> on the other. </p>

April 8, 2008 by

SatDrive

SatDrive

If you live in one of the many (mainly rural) parts of the country marked ‘here be no terrestrial broadband’ on the map, and you’re frustrated by that, then you’re likely to be interested in SatDrive from Interactive Satellite Services. Launched in September this year, the £14.99 a month SatDrive is a one-way service that provides download speeds of up to 4Mbps via a satellite link, but relies on a conventional upload link, or ‘back channel’, using a dial-up modem or ISDN connection. This makes it much cheaper than two-way satellite services such as BTopenworld’s Business 500, although it does mean that your Internet connection is severely asymmetric, will generally require a dedicated phone line, and isn’t ‘always on’ in the conventional sense.

December 13, 2002 by

OmniSky

OmniSky

OmniSky International, a partnership between US-based OmniSky Corporation and News International, will shortly launch its integrated wireless email and Web browsing service across Europe. In the UK, the company has been running a beta trial using Handspring's Visor and VisorPhone GSM add-on since February, and ZDNet UK has been evaluating the service on this platform for a month now. We have been impressed with OmniSky's usability, range of optimised content and, to a lesser extent, speed (it currently runs on a 9.6Kbit/s GSM network). You can still sign up for the beta program, and OmniSky is running a special introductory offer comprising a Visor Platinum, VisorPhone and three months' free service for £199 (ex. VAT).

April 10, 2001 by

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